What do independent specialists say about sustainability and ING?
ING is one of the most sustainable listed banks in the world. Our policies and actions are assessed by independent institutions, which report on them annually.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) named ING among world leaders in the industry category Banks and again included ING in the World Index and the Europe Index of this category in 2017. While the industry average score is 58, ING scores 89 out of 100, almost unchanged from our 2016 score of 90. The highest score in the Banks category is 94.
This year ING received a higher ‘environmental dimension’ score, and the highest industry scores in the environmental indicators business risks and opportunities, climate strategy, and environmental reporting. We also improved our scores in the areas of corporate governance, materiality, and risk and crisis management.
ING was also included in the Sustainability Yearbook 2018 by RobecoSam, the sustainable investment specialist behind the criteria used for inclusion in the DJSI. Announced on 1 February 2018, ING has received a Bronze Class Sustainability Award.
ING remains ranked as sustainability ‘leader’ in the banks industry group and in each of the three assessment categories (environment, social and governance, or ESG) by Sustainalytics, the global provider of ESG research and ratings.
With a score of 85 in 2017, only one point lower than last year, we were ranked seventh out of nearly 350 companies and first in our market capitalisation peer group.
ING is ranked in the top 5% of thousands of companies when it comes to actions and strategies to combat climate change according to leading non-profit organisation CDP.
ING was again named to CDP’s ‘Climate A-list’ of 117 companies leading on climate change action.
CDP uses measurement and disclosure to improve the way companies and governments manage environmental risk. It assessed thousands of companies on their environmental performance related to climate change on behalf of 827 investors with over USD 1 trillion in assets.
ING was ranked 22th in the Dutch Transparency Benchmark in 2017, with 187 points (up from 186 points a year earlier).
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs each year asks accounting firm EY to research the quality and manner of GRI reporting by the 500 biggest Dutch companies. Then an independent panel of experts reviews the top 20 companies based on their own criteria.
Stakeholders such as consumers, shareholders and governments, expect companies to be transparent about their efforts and results in sustainable entrepreneurship. By doing so, they openly show where there challenges are, allowing stakeholders to address them. This helps to improve transparency and start dialogue, which can result in change.
More information can be found on https://www.transparantiebenchmark.nl/
VBDO (Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development)
The VBDO is the sole association in the Netherlands to support the interests of institutional and private investors that want to invest sustainably. It issued a report on the “Sustainability Performance of Dutch Stock Listed Companies” in November 2015 and said that ING is the sector’s “best practice”:
“Sustainability is seen as an integral part of doing business, which will provide a competitive advantage in the future. ING drives sustainable progress and makes a positive contribution to global economic growth and development by promoting responsible lending and investment practices in retail and commercial banking.”
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